What is an Electrician?
An electrician is a tradesperson who is responsible for safely installing and repairing electrical systems in businesses, factories, homes and other facilities. It is a great career choice for someone who is good with practical work and has an eye for detail. In addition, electricians must have a thorough understanding of safety rules and regulations in regards to electricity. It is a financially rewarding trade because it is one of the best paid trade jobs for those who are fully qualified. The average salary of a fully qualified electrician in the United Kingdom in 2013 was between £27k and £40K. However, to be a fully qualified electrician you have to undergo a number of training and development courses. A very effective way in obtaining qualifications is to become an apprentice where you will have practical experience while earning an income and learning the theory at your college.
There are several routes in obtaining your electrician qualifications but completing your training and NVQ at the same time while undergoing work placement is very beneficial. You will be employed and be working a minimum of 30 hours a week with a salary around the minimum wage but you will get experience in real world situations. If you are European citizen between the age of 16 and 19 the classroom training at your college or learning centre is free. Most electrician apprenticeships in the UK take two to four years to complete because there are a number of tasks you need to complete. In addition, for you to complete your City and Guilds 2357 your employer needs to cover a variety of jobs so you can successfully obtain your qualifications. However, it is very difficult to gain an apprenticeship because some employers are reluctant to hire young trainees due to costs. Other qualifications for an apprentice electrician include EAL Electricians Diploma and the Key Skills at Level 2. If you are planning on undertaking an electrician apprenticeship use the following tips:
- Try your best at school especially in subjects like Maths, English, ICT and Physics because it will be advantageous if you are competing for apprenticeships with others.
- List all the local electrical companies from resources like Yellow pages, newspapers, the internet or your college.
- Write a professional letter to the local electrical companies and include your CV to let employers know you are very interested in working for them. If you haven’t received a reply from a company, follow up with a phone call a few days later to remind them you are heavily interested.
- It is very important once you find any employer that you contact your college immediately so you get a space in a course. You can’t rely on your employer to contact the college because they may be very busy and could forget.
If you are struggling to find an apprenticeship you can also register with Trade Skills 4U who can help find a placement with an employer.
There are two routes that are used for apprenticeships which both have their benefits and disadvantages. Firstly, the day release program allows you to take a day off work to go to college and do your theory based work. The certificate is usually completed within 2-3 years. The alternative is the block release problem where employers may not be able to spare you for a day a week. This certificate can take over two years. The route you choose will ultimately depend on your employer’s business model.
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